TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Supernatural' & 'The Middle' Up, 'Survivor' 'SVU' & 'Criminal Minds' Hit Lows, 'Arrow' Flies for the CW, + 'Nashville' & 'Chicago Fire' Premieres

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October 11th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/9 3.2/9 2.8/8 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.2/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.1/10 2.5/8 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.4/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.357 9.382 10.504 5.553 3.703 3.303


FOX was the number 1 network with adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

On FOX,  The X Factor garnered a 3.4, down a tenth from last week's 3.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines earned a 2.6, down four tenths from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating and a new low. Criminal Minds earned 3.0, down a tenth from its last original's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and a new low for fall. CSI earned a 2.6 rating, up a tenth from its last original's 2.5 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.4, up two tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  The Neighbors was flat with last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. A double shot of Modern Family earned a 4.7 and a 4.9 at 9 and 9:30, down from the the 5.5 their last original earned. The premiere of Nashville at 10PM earned a 2.8 rating.

On NBC Animal Practice garnered a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids earned a 1.4, also down two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.8, which is down three tenths after its 2.1 premiere rating and a new fall low. The series premiere of Chicago Fire earned a 1.9 rating.

On the CW, the premiere of Arrow scored a 1.3 among adults 18-49. It was also the most-watched CW premiere in 3 years, and gave the network its best adult 18-49 ratings in two years (since 10/13/10). The dreamers were right!  Supernatural earned a 1.0, up two tenths from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.




Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 3.4 9  9.357
CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.6 8  9.576
ABC The Middle 2.4 7  7.807
CW Arrow -P 1.3 4  4.017
NBC Animal Practice 1.1 3  3.875
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.9 5  6.271
NBC Guys With Kids 1.4 4  4.196
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.7 13  12.030
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8  11.352
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.8 5  6.184
CW Supernatural 1.0 3  2.588
9:30PM ABC Modern Family 4.9 12  12.226
10:00PM ABC Nashville -P 2.8 8  8.978
CBS CSI 2.6 7  10.584
NBC Chicago Fire -P 1.9 5  6.438

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:


*	In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3;
"Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in
metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People
Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2
with an encore).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25
markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • John_M

    I don’t get this ‘arrow is geared’ toward men thing
    are we referring to gay men?
    Overly fit men, shirtless, silly romantics, brooding young 20 year old…seems like a perfect soap opera recipe to me

  • SPM

    Cant wait to see how much Beauty & the Beast flopz

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The same thing happens with TV, except that inflation here is the rate at which TV viewership is declining every season. I know all these ratings websites love to do comparisons with last year’s ratings, but unless you adjust for the overall loss of vierwership (which granted, can only be accurately computed at the end of the season), the comparison is meaningless, it’s apples and oranges. Therefore, a 1.3 this year is actually better than a 1.3 was last year (and I am not even going into the whole lead-in factor that you should apply to secret circle case). A 1.3 this year probably means something like a 1.4 or 1.5 (maybe even higher if vierwership continues to go down as much as it went on these first weeks) last year, wheras a 1.3 last year would be something like a 1.1 this year.

    As such, Arrow did better than secret circle or ringeR.”

    Indeed, that’s the case if you want to know the prognosis for individual shows. That’s why comparing relative ratings in the current year is how the Cancellation Bear conducts his chase.

    However, if you are interested in the situation of the network itself (which admittedly is of interest to a small subset of readers), comparisons to last year are completely valid.

  • Justin Bieber

    I watched XFactorUSA and I thought it was horrible. 36 minutes into it last night and there was still no singing going on. It’s not a singing show, it’s scripted drama that’s why they show that girl CeCe so much.

    TheVoice has Cassadee Pope, Trevin Hunte, Amanda Brown, Jordan Pruitt, Joe Kirkland, Avery Wilson etc etc. who are all so much better than the best that XFactorUSA has to offer this season.

  • Lisa

    I have never seen Criminal Minds, but those ratings are pretty impressive.

  • Sid

    “Where is Britney’s huge fanbase? Why is Flop Factor still flopping?”

    You do realize that The X-Factor was the highest rated show for the week on FOX so far and will probably be the highest rated on FOX for the remainder of the week..

  • Justin121

    NBC should be happy for 2 reasons: Fire built upon svu AND didn’t drop at the half hour mark like most 10pm shows.

    Their 8pm hour needs Whitney instead of Animal Practice and they could salvage the night.

    Premiering only 2 dramas in the fall was a good strategy. Both ABC and CBS should’ve done the same.

    Again, Wow @ the 4 million and 2.6 million the CW scored.

    Modern Family is 1.0 whole point below its ratings last Fall. Has it peaked?

    ABC’s 8pm hour, as well, needs some help.

  • John A

    X Factor is really steady. LOL at the people calling it a flop. They all said it be at mid 2.s by now too.

  • John_M

    The Voice is not a true reflection of the music industry

    Neither is the x-factor, or american idol
    Few reality competitions are reflections of their industry – they’re short cuts

  • thesnowleopard

    Wooo, Supernatural got a 1.0! And well over two million!

    And Arrow, wow, did it actually get four million? I know these aren’t the finals, but that’s still great for the CW. It shows they really can get things back up, at least for a series premiere, with the right show.

    The 1.3, of course, was also nice. Not to mention more relevant.

  • Tessa


    And Gunsmoke had how many viewers?

    Vampire Diaries benefited from the vampire craze of the Twilight era. I’m hoping Arrow would too from the Avenger’s current popularity. I’m not a Vampire Diaries fan, I find the show’s writing quite awful so I’d be happy if it gets dethroned. It’s time for the CW to quit the teenybopper trend and start telling stories with a little more substance.

  • Covington

    I agree that there are too many comedies on the air right now. But, every network is trying to get that next Modern Family or Big Bang Theory as they pull in HUGE ratings that you don’t see dramas pull in. NBC is throwing everything against the wall to see if it can hit and if NBC (BIG IF) can hit with just one of these, they will be back with a hit reality (Voice), hit comedy (TBD), hit sports event (Sunday Night Football) and hit drama (Revolution?). So that is why I think you are seeing so many comedies on air right now, especially from NBC.

  • omabin

    Oh, and as far as ABC is concerned and its midseason schedule, the problem I see is that they have a bunch of incompatible shows on the air. I mean, Nashville would fit very nicely both with Greys and with Revenge, I agree, but then what do you do with the remaining shows? I love Scandal and Last Resort, but I don’t see where they should go. I think that once PP ends, they should ship at least one of these two to Tuesdays. I actually can see Last Resort doing well after the comedies. The problem on that night the freaking DWTS Results show, which draggs it all down. Then you also have Zero Hour, which I have no idea what it shoudl fit with. I think 666 will be canceled (I like it though :S) and that Last Resort will get a full season (albeit canceled at the end) and Nashville will obviously also get a full season. ABC will be adamant in keeping the freaking results show, so the best they can do is something like this:


    DWTS Results Show (have Zero Hour between the seasons)
    Happy Endings
    Apartment 23
    Last Resort

    The Middle
    How to Live with Your Parents
    Modern Family

    Body of Proof
    Grey’s Anatomy

    Shark Tank
    Malibu Country
    Last Man Standing

    Once Upon a Time
    Red Widow

  • Jerry

    I must be one of the strange people who like Animal Practice. The show is gradually finding it’s groove I think. And either they have toned down the Asian vet and the druggy tech, or I’m getting used to them. They were the worst parts of the pilot.

    I guess this show is going to be gone soon. Hopefully I’ll be able to watch the rest of the season somewhere, unlike Breaking In Season 2. Any idea when that is going to be on DVD or anywhere? :(

  • Facile

    Animal Practice is done but I could see Guys with Kids paired with Next Caller midseason or even moved to Fridays depending on how NBC wants to handle their terrible comedy ratings

    Nashville + Arrow both premiered well but if Chicago Fire drops at all it’s in trouble though since it’s on NBC it still might be fine.

  • John_M

    I have never seen Criminal Minds, but those ratings are pretty impressive.

    Even if it did almost destroy the soul of Mandy Ptankin

    I mean I love the guy as a talent but this whole ‘i have to quit shows before I really become crazy’ shtick is getting old. I expect him to have to leave homeland after season 2 because the ‘torture’ scenes will get to him

  • SPM

    I hope Arrow adjusts DOWN

  • senor chang

    Decent at the very least for all three premieres last night, but I imagine that the CW will be the most happy. Mildly underwhelming for both NBC and ABC, but given the huge drops for 10PM shows this year, I have no idea what we should have expected. Relative to their networks, both shows did fine.

    I maintain that Guys With Kids is a show with potential being dragged down by a horrible partner. A 1.4? Not good, not good, but given how low its lead-in is you have to wonder how much better it might be if NBC gave it some support. I suspect Whitney will be holding the 8 slot by November sweeps, and if both dramas hold up, this night might not be a total wash for NBC.

    CBS rock solid, FOX is at the very least stable. As for ABC, The Neighbors seems good enough to at least air all 13 eps, but How To Live is waiting in the wings…

  • r0ckmypants

    @John_M – Did you even watch Arrow? There was no romance in the pilot, and maybe 2 minutes total of Steven Amell shirtless.

    It’s based on a comic book, of course it’s geared toward men. But that doesn’t mean they can’t throw in some stuff for women to appreciate too.

  • Corine

    TheVoice has Cassadee Pope, Trevin Hunte, Amanda Brown, Jordan Pruitt, Joe Kirkland, Avery Wilson

    Kidding right?

    Sorry but the ”feelin good” little girl… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the voice contestants this year…soooorry.

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